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make theater anything but that four-letter word. This season brings us more “work” than ever before with adaptations and re-imaginings of classics and some new (and many returning) artists who look forward to welcoming you to the theater. Whether you have attended the Geffen recently or are considering a visit for the first time, our theaters offer a familiar and welcome setting in which you can appreciate the fruits of our labor. Beyond a mere job, we endeavor to bring you more art, more plays and more “work” as our vocation. It is this calling that created a season that, I hope, entices you to join us this coming year. Sincerely,

Randall Arney Artistic Director

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rapture, blister, burn “Intensely smart, immensely funny!” –the new york times

wait until dark The Suspense Will Kill You in this new adaptation

play dead You Are Never So Alive As When You Are Scared To Death

the birthday party Nobel Prize Winning Playwright Academy Award Winning Director

“A tour de force for an actor at the top of her craft.”

slowgirl Helmed by Geffen playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney

ruth draper’s monologues Annette Bening Performs ruth draper’s awe-inspiring monologues

death of the author another World Premiere Production only in the audrey

the country house Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright tony award winning director


“Intensely smart, immensely funny!” — The New York Times

Geffen Playhouse presents the Playwrights Horizons production of

rapture, blister, burn written by

gina gionfriddo directed by

peter dubois August 13 – September 22, 2013


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the suspense will kill you

wait until dark written by

frederick knott adapted by

jeffrey hatcher directed by

matt shakman october 8 – november 17, 2013


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you are never so alive as when you are scared to death

play dead written by

teller & todd robbins starring

todd robbins november 5 – december 15, 2013


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the classic returns in a comedy of menace

the birthday party written by

harold pinter directed by

william friedkin february 4 – march 16, 2014


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“HAD ME SMILING ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.” — The New York Times

“ENGROSSING AND IMPRESSIVE.” — Theatermania

the steppenwolf theatre company production of

slowgirl written by

greg pierce directed by

randall arney march 4 – april 20, 2014


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“A tour de force for an actor at the top of her craft.”

ruth draper’s monologues written by

ruth draper featuring

annette bening april 8 – may 18, 2014


“i was in awe of ruth draper. each of her characters was like a rembrandt on stage — a total human being, a total portrait.” — uta hagen

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A world ... premiere or is it? de. i c e d u o y

death of the author written by

steven drukman directed by

bart delorenzo may 20 – june 29, 2014


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pulitzer prize winning playwright tony award winning director a new masterpiece

the country house written by

donald margulies directed by

daniel sullivan june 10 – july 20, 2014 By special arrangement with Manhattan Theatre Club Lynne Meadow Artistic Director • Barry Grove Executive Producer


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west coast premiere Geffen Playhouse presents the Playwrights Horizons production of

rapture, blister, burn Written by Gina Gionfriddo Directed by Peter dubois Featuring Amy Brenneman, Beth Dixon, Virginia Kull, Kellie Overbey & Lee Tergesen august 13 – september 22, 2013 in the gil cates theater at the geffen playhouse Hailed as a “genius” by Variety, playwright Gina Gionfriddo’s West Coast premiere tackles feminism’s foibles in what The New York Times called an, “intensely smart and immensely funny,” new play. Three generations of women share their raucous and refreshing approaches to navigating work, love and family. Rock star academic Catherine envies her friend Gwen who finds her domestic responsibilities less than satisfying. Meanwhile the witty and wry student Avery wonders whether she has more in common with Catherine’s aging mother than any of today’s modern feminists. This new comedy takes a sharp look at how women, and men, find happiness and conquer disappointment.

world premiere adaptation

Wait Until Dark Written by Frederick Knott Adapted by Jeffrey hatcher Directed by Matt Shakman october 8 – november 17, 2013 in the gil cates theater at the geffen playhouse Don’t let the quaint apartment of Susy and Sam Hendrix fool you; hidden within is a score for which thieves and conmen would kill. Employing disguise and deception, three newly acquainted crooks become all the more desperate and depraved, but must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion. Frederick Knott’s play inspired the eponymous film and multiple Broadway productions earning Tony and Academy Award nominations for many of the actors involved — including the film’s star, Audrey Hepburn. This world premiere adaptation captures the suspense made famous by the previous work in a new time/setting. For more information on this production, visit geffenplayhouse.com/suspense.

“A tour de force for an actor at the top of her craft.”

west coast premiere The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of

Slowgirl Written by Greg Pierce Directed by Randall Arney Featuring William Petersen with additional cast to be announced march 4 – april 20, 2014 in the audrey skirball kenis theater at the geffen playhouse When seventeen year-old Becky is shipped-off to her Uncle Sterling’s Costa Rican home — a sanctuary to which he escaped many years ago — the two lost souls navigate contrasting philosophies and a maze of regret. Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney returns to his old stomping grounds at Steppenwolf and brings home this intimate and elegant glimpse at two characters seeking forgiveness and finding each other. With sharp humor and authenticity, this West Coast premiere reminds us that escape is easy but redemption is hard.

world premiere performance

ruth draper’s monologues Written by ruth draper Featuring annette bening april 8 – may 18, 2014 in the gil cates theater at the geffen playhouse A pioneer in 20th century drama, Ruth Draper was described as, “the greatest individual performer that America has ever given.” Her uncanny ability, while alone on stage, to shift between many characters brought awe to actors, royalty and throngs of crowds for decades. Now, Annette Bening makes Draper’s timeless monologues her own — highlighting their continued influence on audiences and artists alike. Meet the harried society woman, the hostess, the wife, the mistress; like Draper before her, Bening embraces and embodies these monologues in this tour-de-force premiere.


west coast premiere

the classic returns

Play Dead

The Birthday Party

Written by teller & todd robbins Featuring Todd robbins

Written by Harold Pinter Directed by William Friedkin

november 5 – december 15, 2013 in the audrey skirball kenis theater at the geffen playhouse

february 4 – march 16, 2014 in the gil cates theater at the geffen playhouse

Invite death to come out and play in a creepy creation from Teller and performer/ co-creator Todd Robbins who hosts a mesmerizing and terrorizing look at life, death and the horrific wonder between. Weaving together storytelling, illusion and telepathy proves that there is nothing more arousing than unholy resurrection and we’re never so alive as when we’re scared to death.

Academy Award winner William Friedkin directs a new production of Nobel laureate Harold Pinter’s most famous and enigmatic work. Two imposing strangers arrive at an English seaside boarding house disrupting the monotony and disturbing the puzzled Stanley — a former pianist now out of a job and maybe out of his mind. In celebration of Stanley’s birthday, a party is planned but menace arrives and mayhem ensues. Facts twist into half-truths and the night unravels into a mix of the characters’ whimsical, eccentric, clownish and ultimately darkest desires. Like seeing through a broken lens or playing an instrument out of tune, this celebrated and darkly comic work mixes the familiar with the strange and the anticipated with the offbeat for an unconventional experience that is anything but expected and nothing but extraordinary.

The stories and events of this production contain some disturbing images, brief moments of nudity and a great deal of fun. Material may be inappropriate for the faint of heart — or those under 18.

world premiere

world premiere

Death of the Author

The Country House

Written by Steven Drukman Directed by Bart DeLorenzo

Written by Donald Margulies Directed by daniel sullivan

may 20 – june 29, 2014 in the audrey skirball kenis theater at the geffen playhouse

june 10 – july 20, 2014 in the gil cates theater at the geffen playhouse

With a world of knowledge just a smart phone away, is there still such a thing as an original idea? When a young professor suspects a student of plagiarism, his inquiry sparks a chain of events affecting the lives of four people in very real terms. Drukman’s beautifully drawn characters must navigate heartbreak, blind ambition and the cutthroat competition that thrives within these ivy-covered walls. Extending beyond post-modern literature and academic rigors, this smart, funny and engrossing world premiere becomes a personal battle to decide what is right, what is wrong and what must be done.

Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s pastoral comedies, Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies brings this funny and poignant world premiere — helmed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan — to the Geffen Playhouse. Gathering in their Berkshire home during the Williamstown summer theater season, a family of actors wrestles with fame, art and, as always, each other. But when the events of the weekend go off-script, secrets are spilled and bonds are broken — threatening an already fragile foundation of a home brimming with old memories, new love and discarded dreams. By special arrangement with Manhattan Theatre Club Lynne Meadow Artistic Director • Barry Grove Executive Producer

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